Day in review

November 05, 2001


"Apparently, we did a poor job of preparing, because you can't play that poorly without a lot of help." -- Dan Reeves, Falcons coach

"It was sort of like, `Welcome to the NFL, Mr. Vick.' I heard the squeal when I hit him." -- Lawyer Milloy, Patriots safety, on sacking Falcons rookie Michael Vick with a hard hit

"I think it's just instinctive that when you step up in the pocket, you run. Obviously, that works in college because the clock stops. But it doesn't stop in the NFL when you get first downs. I wish I had thrown that last ball instead of running it." -- Drew Brees, Chargers rookie quarterback whose illegal forward pass ended the game

Injury report

Donnie Abraham, Buccaneers CB: Bruised back. Did not return.

Chris Chandler, Falcons QB: Sore ribs. Did not return.

Dameyune Craig, Panthers QB: Hurt right foot. Did not return.

Doug Flutie, Chargers QB: Concussion. Did not return.

Keith McKenzie, Browns DE: Broken left ankle. Did not return.

Dan Morgan, Panthers LB: Sprained left ankle. Did not return.

Scott Player, Cardinals P: Turned left ankle. Did not return.

Wesley Walls, Panthers TE: Sprained hip. Did not return.

Chris Weinke, Panthers QB: Injured shoulder. Did not return.

Rodney Williams, Giants P: Broken right wrist. Did not return.

By the numbers

Records: Michael Strahan of the Giants has 14 sacks in his past six games, an NFL record. ... The Eagles' Brian Mitchell's 12th kick-return touchdown tied him with Eric Metcalf for most touchdowns on kickoff or punt returns.

Streak: Panthers cornerback Doug Evans' streak of making an interception in every game this season ended.

Milestone: Peyton Manning's 33-yard naked bootleg was the second-longest touchdown run by a Colts quarterback, 10 yards short of George Taliaferro's run in 1953.

Ups: The Chiefs' Priest Holmes' 181 yards rushing were the most ever against the Chargers. ... The Colts' defense, giving up an average of 359 yards and more than 30 points, limited the Bills to 232 yards and 14 points.

Downs: The Bears had surrendered only two sacks in their previous six games, but the Browns dropped Shane Matthews five times. ... The Falcons, who had allowed 16 sacks through their first six games, permitted nine yesterday. ... The Packers' Ryan Longwell has missed six field goals, one more than he missed all last season.

Next week

Packers (5-2) at Bears (6-1): Surprising Chicago, which lost only its opener to the Ravens, faces Green Bay in a bid to stay atop the NFC Central, a matchup of two of the stingiest defenses in the NFL.

Steelers (5-2) at Browns (4-3): Defense is the word of the day in the AFC Central, too. It's a Week 9 battle at the top, but not the teams people might have expected to be there.

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